PM Netanyahu Fires Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni


UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Tuesday, December 2 2014:

—>Security updates:

*Last night an Israeli bus near Shiloh was hit by “rocks” and gunfire. No one on board was wounded and the bus driver managed to get the passengers to safety.

*More gunfire struck buildings around Kfar Etzion this afternoon. Again, no one has been wounded.

*”Rock” throwing has taken place again at the Shuafat Station on the Jerusalem Light Rail system. 

—>It was just 35 days ago that Rabbi Yehuda Glick was the target of an assassination attempt. Badly wounded by 4 bullets, he barely managed to survive. But survive he did and this past week he returned home from the hospital.

Nonetheless, he remains a target. Hamas and Fatah spokesmen continue to call for his death as do numerous forums in the Arab social media. 

So in light of all of these threats, what did the Jerusalem Police decide to do yesterday? 

They outrageously removed police protective security from Glick and informed him that he is on his own to find private security guards. 

—>Always egregious, both in his former position as IDF spokesman and in his current role at the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Yoav Mordechai gushed praise for COGAT performance during the summer war with Hamas:

“I am very proud that for the entire period of the operation that the Gaza crossings were not closed . . .  Hamas was very reluctant to accept water and basic supplies into the Gaza, but we recognized it was important to address the humanitarian crisis.”

So now the IDF is reduced to praising itself for helping out Hamas in Gaza.

Perhaps it is useful to remember that Israelis were killed at the open Crossings and that the IDF should have been focused on providing humanitarian supplies to Israelis living on the border who were subject to incessant rocket and mortar fire. 

—>Speaking of the war with Hamas this summer, an event is taking place in Geneva sponsored by the United Nations. Entitled “Geneva Peace Week”, the event had as one of its featured speakers Professor Ricardo Bucco–a man who has been a mentor to many of officials of the U.N.

Here’s what Bucco had to say, echoing age old anti-Semitism concerning Jews and money: “The killing of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip during the war had a clear economic motive; Israeli defense industries had the most to gain from their deaths.”

TODAY’S BLOG:

Israel Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni have both been fired by PM Netanyahu within the last hour. At the same time Netanyahu said that he will move to dissolve the Knesset as soon as possible in order to move to new elections.

This is a move that your humble servant has advocated from the moment that Lapid and Livni were initially–and ridiculously–put in power when the coalition was formed. Since that moment, Lapid and Livni have carried out an unending effort to undermine the government and to delegitimize Israel at home and abroad.

Apparently it was their criticism of Netanyahu’s “Jerusalem policy” that was the final straw that broke the camel’s back. 

Once again, your humble servant happily says “Good riddance!”

 

 

 

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